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Why c'est, not elle est ?

Paul S.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Why c'est, not elle est ?

"C'est une petite lampe de bureau en forme de phare breton. "

"C'est très joli ! " 

I am reading

"C'est" vs "Il/Elle est" to say it is/she is/he is in French

Based on that,  I am thinking this:  we have a specific item here, not a general subject like "La science", 

so  we can't use 2a - c'est  for general, unspecific statements and opinions

so why isn't it using : 2b "il est/elle est  for statements and opinions related to specific things"

= Elle est très jolie.

Thanks Paul.

Asked 11 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Paul,

As this is a dictation exercise, you are only supposed to write down what you hear.

Although you are right to query what we have written, it is true that both 'c'est joli' ( commentaire général) and 'elle est jolie' ( cette lampe en particulier) would be acceptable in a free-form exercise, this is not the case here.

Hope this helps!

Why c'est, not elle est ?

"C'est une petite lampe de bureau en forme de phare breton. "

"C'est très joli ! " 

I am reading

"C'est" vs "Il/Elle est" to say it is/she is/he is in French

Based on that,  I am thinking this:  we have a specific item here, not a general subject like "La science", 

so  we can't use 2a - c'est  for general, unspecific statements and opinions

so why isn't it using : 2b "il est/elle est  for statements and opinions related to specific things"

= Elle est très jolie.

Thanks Paul.

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